Watch Earl Sweatshirt Perform “2010” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

I feel as though recently more than ever, I have been blessed to be able to write about some of my favorite artists because even though they can be absent from the spotlight for years at times, they come back stronger than ever when they finally drop something. When it comes to an artist like Earl Sweatshirt for me personally, he has been a top favorite rapper of mine for over a decade, and even though his releases have gotten fewer and further between as the years have gone on, it just makes them that much better when he finally pops up and drops something new.

At the end of last year, he started to promote his upcoming album SICK! which was his first solo effort in years, and this was enough to get me excited about the new year so we could finally get a taste of what he has been working on. Ever since it came out a couple of weeks ago, it has been a project that I listen to multiple times per day, and I find something new to admire about it with every additional listen.

I do wish that there was more than just 24 minutes in this album because I always want as much music from Earl as possible, selfishly, but even with a pretty quick run time, it is something that I don’t see myself ever getting tired of no matter what. While performances on late-night television can sometimes be tacky or boring, in my opinion, I knew I had to tune in when I found out that Earl was going on Fallon to perform the album’s first single “2010”.

This is one of my favorite songs on the project, and even though Earl has never been one for frills or spectacles, he simply spits this song word for word effortlessly as an old-school-inspired backdrop of intriguing cartoons paints the screen behind him. I’m not sure what random late-night viewers thought about this performance, but I for one was definitely blown away by his poise and skill yet again, making it a performance that you’re going to want to peep if you call yourself a fan of the LA icon.